Ralph P. Boas

I've proved some theorems, once or twice,
And thought that they were rather nice.
My presentations were rejected
By referees who had detected
Those theorems that I thought my own
In journals I had never known,
And in a strange and knotty toungue.
Oh! For a world still fresh and young,
When fame was won by work alone.
Abstracting journals weren't known,
And (if report can be believed)
No information was retrieved,
Nor acadmenic reputations
Achieved by counting up citations.